Barcelona v Real Madrid: What Messi did to referee Hernandez - Sergio Ramos

Posted May 07, 2018

Although they were a man light, Barca regained the lead thanks to a sensational Lionel Messi goal - his 26th in this fixture - but Madrid felt Suarez fouled Raphael Varane in the build-up.

Luis Suarez took the lead at the 10th minute after he received a fabulous cross from Sergi Roberto.

Lionel Messi fired the Liga champions back in front after 52 minutes but Gareth Bale's brilliant finish earned Real a share of the spoils.

"They didn't give us one, so what's most important is respecting what they have done".

If Sunday's match proved anything, it is that the Clasico always means something. In the end, the debate was left open.

Despite a credible draw, Real Madrid will want to forget their domestic woes quickly, with just three weeks to go till their Champions League tie against Liverpool.

"The match was complicated with the cards", he said.

Madrid were stamping their authority on the contest, Ronaldo heading over and drilling wide either side of being denied at close range by Marc-Andre ter Stegen.

Manu Fernandez  The Associated PressF.C. Barcelona player Andres Iniesta reacts during a news conference announcing he is leaving the club in Barcelona Spain Friday April. 27 2018. Andres Iniesta says that he will leave Barcelona this summer after 1

Barca players crowded around him at the end of the first 45 minutes, and the home fans jeered him and his assistants off the pitch. There was the standing ovation for Andres Iniesta and valuable opener from Luis Suarez. Real, without a hobbled Ronaldo after the break, equalised again through Gareth Bale and couldn't find a late victor.

Liverpool are ready to face the Spanish giants in the Champions League final in Kiev in late May and taking on the reigning champions without the current Ballon d'Or holder would be a big boost fo Jurgen Klopp's men. He has three more games to change Zidane's mind and this was a decent start, his goal, a left-footed curler into the top corner, reminiscent of the forward at his sensational best.

That looked like a debatable decision, as did Bale escaping without any punishment for putting his studs into the back of Samuel Umtiti's leg. It was the Welshman's 15th goal in 24 matches this year.

VAR will add accuracy, but at what cost?

The referee was criticised for a handful of decisions during the match at Camp Nou.

- Real Madrid's manager, Zinedine Zidane, has now the longest unbeaten run against Barcelona away from home in all competitions. But the bad calls hindered both teams.

76th minute: No penalty to Real Madrid after Marcelo fouled inside the area - Marcelo is fouled inside the Barcelona box by Jordi Alba but the referee waves play on. This match showed why VAR can be valuable but cannot be intrusive.

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